Ohio Invasive Plants Council

The Ohio Invasive Plants Council is a coalition of agencies, organizations, and individuals throughout Ohio concerned about the introduction, spread, and control of invasive, non-native plants in Ohio's natural habitats. OIPC promotes public awareness of invasive species issues and encourages land management and research to detect invasive species and prevent new invasions into natural ecosystems.  OIPC was formed as a 501(c)(3)not-for-profit organization in 2005 as a result of efforts in the late 1990's to improve awareness of the threats of invasive plants.

  News & Announcements:

Time to Re-enroll in
Kroger Community Rewards

OIPC participates in the Kroger Community Rewards program. After signing up and designating OIPC as the recipient organization, every time you use your Kroger card a donation to OIPC is credited. Those of you who have already enrolled with OIPC designated, you need to re-enroll during the month of April. If you have not yet enrolled, OIPC would be grateful for your support. See instructions and further information at the bottom of this OIPC web page, or go to www.kroger.com/communityrewards and enter NPO number 23916. Thank you!

OIPC Annual Meeting

Held February 10, 2015
at Highbanks Metro Park
Lewis Center, OH

Thank you to all that attended the 2015 OIPC Annual Meeting. Attendance was great and the speakers and presentations were informative and enlightening.

New OIPC "Financial Supporters" Page

The Ohio Invasive Plants Council is very appreciative of the support it has received in the past year from organizations and individuals. Organizations that contributed $100 or more are now listed on our new Financial Supporters web page. A link to each Supporters' website is provided.

OIPC Announces Winner of T-shirt Design Competition

The OIPC Board is pleased to announce that the design by Kristina Gauer, a graphic designer in Akron, Ohio, has been selected for the T-shirt that celebrates our 10th Anniversary. Attractive T-shirts with this terrific design will be available for purchase for $15 at future OIPC workshops and meetings.

OIPC Newsletter - May 2015

Use this link to view our new Quarterly Newsletter


Ohio Invasive Plants Council
Evaluation Protocol

OIPC is developing a new list of invasive, non-native plants that threaten the health and diversity of natural ecosystems in Ohio using an objective, science-based process. See the following links for additional information:

Help Support the Ohio Invasive Plants Council

Your contribution will help support our outreach programs as well as the efforts being made to research sources in order to properly assess species as part of the Invasive Plant Assessment Protocol. In addition, OIPC sponsors a competitive Small Grants Program to financially assist students pursuing research concerning Ohio invasive plant problems. OIPC is operated by a Board of volunteers and is a 501(c)3 organization so your donations are tax-deductible.

To mail a donation use the Donation Form
Find out how you can become an ongoing Financial Supporter
Or see the DONATE button on this page to donate on-line using Pay Pal

Research Needs Identified
by Assessment Team

OIPC is collaborating in an effort to assess invasive plants in Ohio. During that process the Assessment Team has encountered a number of important information gaps. Filling these gaps will lead to a better understanding of the invasive potential of particular species. We encourage researchers to help us address these issues. See the OIPC Research Questions document for detailed questions.

Kudzu Distribution Mapping and Awareness
Resources from OSU, College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences, GLEDN, and Ohio Woodland Stewards Program

OIPC seeks your help in distribution mapping and in promoting public awareness of one of the newest invasives in Ohio: Kudzu! We encourage all Ohioans, including students, teachers, land managers, birdwatchers, backpackers, gardeners, wildflower enthusiasts, etc. to download the EDDMapS Smart Phone App and document any kudzu found growing in Ohio. For the latest news and information concerning kudzu in Ohio, see the News article "Plant That Ate the South Is Here:Poster Tells Public to Watch Out for Kudzu" or request the new kudzu awareness poster from the Ohio Woodland Stewards Program at ohiowoods@osu.edu.

Ohio Legislative Update (as of 6/5/14)

A bill to grant the Director of Agriculture exclusive authority to regulate invasive plant species in Ohio that was introduced by Senator Gale Manning, was signed by Governor Kasich on June 5, 2014. The text of this bill, Ohio Senate Bill 192|2013-2014|130th General Assembly, can be found via this link.

At the November 20, 2013 meeting of the Senate Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee, OIPC President David Gorchov provided Interested Party testimony (view PDF) on SB 192. He has also presented Interested Party testimony (view PDF) at the March 11, 2014 meeting of the House Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee. That Committee approved SB 192 on March 19, and the bill received full House approval on May 21, 2014. The wording approved by the House was then approved by the Senate ('concurrence') on May 28, 2014. On June 5, 2014, Governor Kasich signed this bill into law. The next step will be the drafting of rules to implement the law.

OIPC continues to be engaged in discussions of this legislation and related issues of regulating invasive plants in Ohio.

Contribute to OIPC every time you shop at Kroger

OIPC has joined the Kroger Community Rewards Program. This means that Kroger makes a quarterly donation to OIPC in proportion to our member' expenditures at their stores. To participate, use your existing Kroger Plus Card or get a new card at any Kroger store. With your card number at hand, either create an account or sign in to your existing account at www.kroger.com/communityrewards . To designate OIPC as the recipient organization, enter NPO number 23916, or select Ohio Invasive Plants Council from the list of organizations. After you confirm that OIPC appears on the right side of your information page, every swipe of your card will generate some revenue for OIPC to use for education, outreach and assessment! Thanks!

Infestation of Lesser Celandine



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  Upcoming Events:

Past Events:

February 10, 2015 - OIPC Annual Meeting- held at Highbanks Metro Park, just north of Columbus, OH.

October 31, 2014 - OIPC 2014 Workshop and Field Day - "Converting Invasive Shrubland to Productive Pastures" held at The Wilds.

Oct 15-17, 2014 - "2014 Natural Areas Conference" held in Dayton, Ohio. See conference web site at naturalareasconference.org for abstracts and additional information.

September 4, 2014- "Invasive Plants Meeting, co-sponsored by Great Parks of Hamilton County, Ohio Invasive Plants Council, and Green Umbrella, held at Sharon Centre, Sharon Woods Park, 11450 Lebanon Road, Sharonville, OH 45241 See the Flyer and Agenda for more information. 

July 25, 2014- "Ohio's Non-native Species: ID and Control Options" held in Wapakoneta, Ohio, by the Ohio Woodland Stewards Program. 

May 21, 2014- "So You Know You Have Invasive Plants, Now What?" held at Hocking Hills State Park, OH. See Past Events page for more information. 

April 12, 2014- "Wildlife Habitat Workshop - Woodlands Part1" held in Clayton, OH. 






Board Update



OIPC Mission Statement:

Participating in statewide efforts to address the threats of invasive species to Ohio's ecosystems and economy by providing leadership and promoting stewardship, education, research, and information exchange.